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How to make a vintage door look like new again

By emily.bailey

Friday, March 16, 2018

How to make a vintage door look like new again

Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating that old door instead.

 

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DIY tips - Vintage door makeover - Schlage
Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating that old door instead. With a little DIY knowledge, you can restyle, refinish or repurpose that old door into something special – without breaking your budget. Take a look at the ideas below.

1. RESTYLE

Updating your door hardware is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to restyle your door. Schlage door hardware comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes so you can personalize and complement your look. Style is in the details, and this small, inexpensive upgrade is sure to make a big impact.

 

If your door needs a little more TLC, you can still keep it simple and affordable with a little paint or stain as experts and DIY enthusiasts on The Home Depot Community discuss. When one customer couldn’t decide whether to paint or stain his exterior doors, he turned to the experts to find the techniques – and the tools – he needed to do the job right.

 

Another unique option? Milk paint. It’s a water-based paint that creates an antique, distressed look. With a variety of colors and techniques available, you can transform your furniture and take shabby chic to a whole new level.
 

2. Refinish

Who better than our friends at This Old House to offer up a few professional secrets for bringing a beautiful, vintage exterior door back to life? Check out their step-by-step guide that covers removing door hardware, sanding and scraping tips, hanging and finishing, and re-installing the original door hardware.

Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and look at all the possibilities and get some inspiration. For that, you can always count on Houzz to provide a whole house full of DIY tips and success stories. Interested in adding a salvaged barn door? Enamored by the original doors from a 19th Century row home? Or is shabby chic your style? The sky’s the limit.

3. Repurpose

If you do decide to replace that old door, there are lots of ways you can repurpose it. Turn it into a bookshelf, a knickknack shelf, a strikingly unique picture frame or a host of other imaginative and useful items. Don’t just think of it as an old door when you can think of it as so much more.

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